The sistas are Tamika, Mercedes, Jordan and Athena and the city
is the illustrious backdrop of Chicago. Sistas ‘N the City, an animated
short film series pulled from Urban Entertainment’s roster, chronicles
the love lives of four single women and their experiences on their
journey to finding good men…or women. Covering everything from mama’s
boys and daddy’s princesses to lesbian weddings and interracial
relationships, Sistas explores the sex with the uncensored candor
of HBO’s Sex and the City.
Tamika, the high-powered public relations executive, almost has
it all. As her own boss, she is the dictator of her success. However
her company’s success hinges upon the fact that their biggest account
is the family owned business of her boyfriend, Juwan. Tamika panics
when she is faced with the possibility of having to fold when Juwan’s
family gives Tamika the ultimatum to either come on board or lose
their account. With Juwan always at his mother’s every beck and
call, Tamika knows it’s a lose-lose situation.
Mercedes, the struggling artist, has a history of only giving it
up for White guys. Having been teased by Black boys in high school,
Mercedes no longer considers them an option. Jordan is the quintessential
Black American Princess who’s very used to being taken care of.
Lastly there’s Athena, the up and coming performing artist, who’s
planning her wedding to her lesbian lover while deciding just how
much of herself to sell in order to land a recording contract.
While the animated vignettes are sure to spark some very interesting
conversation amidst any group of good girlfriends, the limited time
frame of each episode proves to be a tough hurdle toward the goal
of creating developed characters. The short bits don’t do enough
to draw you in to the characters’ lives and sometimes leave you
with the feeling that these women are extremely shallow. The cliché
high fives and the snappy quips are often more annoying than endearing.
Andrews does successfully establish four very distinct characters
that she can definitely build upon. However without further depth,
the series is a long way from establishing a following like that
of its HBO counterpart.
Also included on the DVD are a Sistas Roundtable discussion, Tina
Andrews Interview, and Medusa Interview.